Sad news on the verge of 2014 for all preservation lovers. The wonderful modernist home by Swiss-born American architect William Edmond Lescaze in Devon was closed down after failing to achieve the National Trust visitor targets with only 21,000 visitors in 2012. Too sad.
Among architects and architecture lovers, Maison de Verre has achieved a status of a cult a long time ago. It was definitely the highlight of my recent visit to Paris, because visiting in a modernist legend is always a spectacular experience, particularly since for so many years, until purchased by architecture collector Robert Rubin, it was seen only by a handful of scholars and by patients of the gynecologist who commissioned this house in 1932. But the most amazing surprise to me, was to learn that all glass blocks that clad the facade were replaced.
A marriage of the new and the ancient is not always successful. Here, a breathtaking project where a contemporary house was inserted behind the walls of a ruined 12th-century castle in Warwickshire, England, architect Witherford Watson Mann. The history is fascinating. This mediaeval Castle was once the home of an aristocratic English family, but has been in ruins since 1970s, until a fire demolished the hotel that occupied the building at that time. Now, it has a rebirth. Photography by: Hélène Binet and Philip Vile.
2013 has marked a momentous year for equality for women in architecture. My video supports of the campaign for equal recognition of Denise Scott Brown by the Pritzker Prize has built a wave of discussion, dissent and diversification in design and related fields. As we close the year and head towards a brighter and more diverse future, we want to encourage bold moves for equality in 2014 and beyond.
Registration for the spring season of the program Collecting Design at the NY School of Interior Design is now open, made possible by Cultured Magazine and Design Think Tank. I am going to have new guest speakers who will share their expertise in the various areas in the collectible design markets. I will discuss the most current events and direction in collecting design and include one tour at an auction house.
Glass bricks are different than glass blocks, which were in vogue in the 30s. The most legendary house, constructed of glass blocks over steel skeleton is Maison de Verre, located on Rue Saint-Guillaume in the Left Bank neighborhood of Paris. It was built in 1932, designed by Pierre Chareau, and, with its machine-age aesthetics, has since come to capture the essence of modernism in architecture.
While Tel Aviv has become known internationally as the White City, for its extensive modernist buildings, erected in the 30s by Jewish architects immigrated to Palestine, and particularly since designated as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 2003, Haifa was also a fascinating cradle for the birth of the International Style. The pioneering publication to investigate the presence of modernism in Haifa's architectural fabric was "Bauhaus on the Carmel and the Crossroads of Empire," by Gilbert Herbert.
Futurama was not a real city. It was a utopian city envisioned by its designer, Noraman Bel Geddes who created this blockbuster urban landscape for the General Motors pavilion at the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, itself dedicated to presenting the world of tomorrow. It was the American city of 1960 that he envisioned, with some cutting-edge skyscrapers that came to propose an alternative to the existing architectural fabric for the city of tomorrow.